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USF Bulls get firm commitment from Boca Ciega defensive end Julius Forte

TAMPA — USF picked up its fourth oral commitment from a busy recruiting weekend, as Julius "Juju" Forte, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound defensive end from Boca Ciega, chose the Bulls on Monday night.

"The visit solidified that I want to be a Bull," said Forte, a three-star recruit according to both major recruiting sites. "I liked the coaches, the campus, the facilities, but the deciding factor was that it felt like home when I was there."

Forte said he chose the Bulls over scholarship offers from Louisville, Purdue, Mississippi, Kentucky, N.C. State and North Carolina, among others. According to, he finished his senior season with 95 tackles — 34 for losses, including 14 sacks.

He's the second big defensive end to commit this weekend and said Saturday's commitment from Armwood's Ryne Giddins helped him out: "You want to put yourself where you have great talent all around you."

Like Giddins, Forte said he's eager to spend a year learning alongside All-American end George Selvie. "It'll be a great learning experience, just being around him," he said.

Forte said he is fully qualified academically and said he will not take any other visits before National Signing Day next month.

"They've always been a school I was very interested in, but I wanted to give myself options,'' he said. "Now I'm all set."

USF Bulls get firm commitment from Boca Ciega defensive end Julius Forte 01/12/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 10:33pm]
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